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Aug 31, 2015

Africa’s richest man, Nigeria’s Dangote, plans Zimbabwe cement plant

HARARE, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Africa’s richest man, Nigeria’s
Aliko Dangote, said on Monday he plans to open a $400 million
cement plant in Zimbabwe, a major boost for the southern African
country that is desperate for foreign investment.

The billionaire, whose business empire includes Dangote
Cement, also said that he aimed to invest in coal
mining and power generation in the country.

Aug 28, 2015

Europe questions border rules after train attack, migrant moves

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Concerned about security threats and illegal migration, some European governments are considering amending the Schengen border code, which eliminated systematic frontier controls across much of Europe.

A week after passengers subdued a gunman on an Amsterdam-Paris express, interior and transport ministers from nine countries will meet on Saturday in Paris to discuss improving security on cross-border trains. They may also discuss efforts to contain a flood of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.

Aug 27, 2015

Insight – Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help.

Aug 27, 2015

Insight – Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help.

Aug 27, 2015

Migrant crisis forcing divided Europe to look ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Leaders of the European Union declared this week that it has “failed” in the face of human agony on its frontiers. But the migrant crisis may now be forging a better way forward.

The failure is evident. Of millions fleeing war, oppression and misery, hundreds of thousands have been desperate enough to brave the sea to reach Europe; thousands have died but their numbers still multiply despite a mostly stony welcome: razor wire, hunger, filth and hosts more intent on blaming each other than on their common duty to help.

Aug 20, 2015

EU calls on Greece to stick with reforms, stresses positives

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission urged Greece to stick to commitments it has made to reform its economy as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a snap election within hours of new EU bailout cash arriving in Athens.

“It is crucial that Greece maintains its commitments to the euro zone,” said Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who as chair of his euro zone peers, led talks on a new 86 billion-euro facility agreed last Friday.

Aug 17, 2015

Analysis – Summer crisis tests Europe’s new nationalisms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – High summer and life, for many in Europe, is a beach.

This year again the Mediterranean is the stage for two seasonal dramas: the one, the annual vacations that give many their main chance to meet fellow Europeans from other countries; the other, the washing ashore of desperate refugees from wars and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, some already dead.

The first is a chance for pleasure, discovery and to enjoy the peace and open borders that most cite as the main benefits of the European Union, 70 years after the end of World War Two – even if accompanied by national stereotype grumbles about beach-towel Lebensraum, noisy joie de vivre and importunate seaside Romeos.

Aug 17, 2015

Summer crisis tests Europe’s new nationalisms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – High summer and life, for many in Europe, is a beach.

This year again the Mediterranean is the stage for two seasonal dramas: the one, the annual vacations that give many their main chance to meet fellow Europeans from other countries; the other, the washing ashore of desperate refugees from wars and poverty in the Middle East and Africa, some already dead.

The first is a chance for pleasure, discovery and to enjoy the peace and open borders that most cite as the main benefits of the European Union, 70 years after the end of World War Two – even if accompanied by national stereotype grumbles about beach-towel Lebensraum, noisy joie de vivre and importunate seaside Romeos.

Aug 14, 2015

Euro ministers give blessing to Greek bailout, wooing IMF on debt

BRUSSELS/ATHENS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Finance ministers from
the euro zone gave their final blessing to lending Greece up to
86 billion euros ($95.5 billion) after the parliament in Athens
agreed to stiff conditions overnight.

After six hours of talks in Brussels, ministers said in a
statement: “The Eurogroup considers that the necessary elements
are now in place to launch the relevant national procedures
required for the approval of the ESM financial assistance.”

Jul 17, 2015

Insight – Irked by U.S., but EU keeps own spy projects quiet

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Revelations of U.S. spying in Europe have soured transatlantic relations, prompting a White House apology and, as leak followed leak over the past two years, have fostered feelings of moral superiority among Europeans.

Yet EU governments are stepping up surveillance of their own citizens: last month France, smarting from Islamist attacks in January, passed intrusive laws on the very day it learned U.S. agents tapped French presidents’ phones; this week, the European Parliament gave ground in a fight to block powers to track and share air passenger records among member states.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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